Yesterday, saw the opening races of the ISAF Grade 2 and 3 Gdynia Sailing Days regatta in Poland. Gdynia, which calls itself the sailing capital of Poland, provided fantastic conditions ensuring that the three races scheduled in each event were held.
By the time the competitors were heading out on the water, the wind was hitting 13 knots. "Perfect weather to sail"
commented Andrzej Reyman, Chairman of the Jury. However, despite the opening consistency, the wind did fluctuate through the day making the sailing very testing.
Paweł KUŹMICKI and Paweł KACPROWSKI, Poland's highest world ranked 49er team placed 7 in the world, could not pull off the results to stay ahead of their team mates, Marcin CZAJKOWSKI and Krzysztof KIERKOWSKI who sit at the front of the fleet. This was not too much of a concern to Kacprowski, who commented, "Once you win, once you fail. I hope that if we take a bet tomorrow, we will be on the top this time.
Over in the Mistral fleet an interesting competition is developing between Maxim OBEREMKO (UKR) who is ISAF world ranked number one and Piotr MYSZKA (POL), world ranked number 9. In yesterday's three races Myszka pulled off a hatrick of bullets, but Oberemko promises to get revenge.
The Finn fleet saw national hero and Olympic Medallist Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ being given no easy passage, with bothers Wacław and Rafał SZUKIEL chasing close. However, Mateusz expressed his dominance by winning the first two races, with Waclaw taking the third. In the current ISAF World Rankings, these three Polish sailors all rank within the top 35 - Mateusz at number 2, Waclaw at 15 and Rafal at 35.
Top 3 Results After 3 Races
Number of competitors: 35
1. Rafał Sawicki/Paweł Nowakowski (POL)
2. Igor Ivasintsov/Vasiliy Yshakov (BLR)
3. Sergey Bartahsevich (BLR)
Number of competitors: 6
1. Marcin Czajkowski/Krzysztof Kierkowski (POL)
2. Paweł Kacprowski/Paweł Kuzmicki (POL)
3. Sebastian Zarzeczański/Piotr Szmyt (POL)
Class: Europe W
Number of competitors: 17
1. Tatiana Drozdowskaja (BLR)
2. Gintare Volungeviciute (LTU)
3 .Natalia Ivanova (BLR)
Number of competitors: 21
1. Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL)
2. Wacław Szukiel (POL)
3. Rafał Szukiel (POL)
Class: Mistral M
Number of competitors: 9
1. Piotr Myszka (POL)
2. Maxim Oberemko (UKR)
3. Milosz Wojcik (POL)
Class: Mistral W
Number of competitors: 9
1. Agata Brygoła (POL)
2. Olga Maslivets (POL)
3. Anna Graczyk (POL)
Number of competitors: 25
1. Marcin Rudawski (POL)
2. Maciej Grabowski (POL)
3. Johan Wigforss (SWE)
Number of competitors: 7
1. Adam Skomski/Marek Gałkiewicz (POL)
2. Zbigniew Piekarski/Rafał Trzebiatowski (POL)
3. Piotr Cichocki/Roman Główka (POL)
Gdynia will be host to the 2004 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship.